Jennifer Abel started diving at age 5. Her parents insisted their children practice a sport and she chose diving, following in her brother’s footsteps. She competed at her very first diving competition at age 6 and never looked back.
She made her senior international debut in 2006, at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid, where she won a silver medal on 10m synchro (!) with Carol-Ann Ware. Two short years later, she surprised everyone by finishing second at the Olympic Trials and earning a spot on the Beijing 2008 Olympic team. At 16, she became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to represent the country at the Olympic Games.
Four years later, Jennifer made history once again by winning an Olympic bronze medal alongside her 3m synchro partner and diving legend Emilie Heymans at the London 2012 Olympics. With their bronze medal, they became the first Canadians to win a medal at these Games.
After two heartbreaking fourth-place finishes in Rio 2016, Jennifer concluded her Olympic career beautifully by winning a silver medal on 3m synchro with Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu. In addition to these Olympic results, she collected between 2011 and 2019 ten medals from the FINA World Championships and became the most decorated Canadian athlete ever at the FINA World Championships, smashing the records previously set by Alexandre Despatie and swimmer Ryan Cochrane.
Over the course of fifteen years, Jennifer competed in four Olympic Games, five FINA World Championships, three Pan American Games, and three Commonwealth Games, as well as countless FINA events to win a total of 130 international medals.
Renowned as one of the most powerful divers on the planet, Jennifer is one of the few female divers to compete the “double twist”, a dive typically only performed by the men.
Jennifer loves to try new restaurants and has a weakness for salty chips. She has a passion for fashion and shopping, but never buys anything expensive without consulting her mother first!